Hospitals and other healthcare providers have long asserted that preventable medical errors are rare, and that they usually have minimal impact on patient health. But is that true?
Perhaps no other disease is more feared than cancer. This aggressive condition can drastically decrease an individual's quality of life and can wind up being fatal. The good news is that many types of cancer can be effectively treated if detected early enough, which renders proper diagnosis critical. So, how do medical professionals detect cancer?
The human body can sometimes be difficult to decipher. This is particularly true when an individual experiences symptoms that may be applicable to more than one medical condition. This is where doctors can be extremely helpful, as their extensive education and experience leave them better suited to make diagnoses than non-medically trained individuals. Tragically, however, even these medical professionals make mistakes, and an error in diagnosis could prove harmful or even fatal. One circumstance in which a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can arise is when an individual has suffered a stroke.
It does not take a doctor to know that diseases can vary in severity. It also does not take a medical professional to know that for many diseases, early diagnosis is key to effective and successful treatment. It does, however, take a medical professional to spot signs of a disease, order and conduct the proper tests, accurately read and analyze those tests and make a final and correct diagnosis. Far too often, though, doctors fail to properly perform their duties and the results can be deadly.
Modern day medicine, in comparison to the medical world of 100 years ago, is nothing short of miraculous. X-rays can help Massachusetts doctors see broken bones, CAT scans can give a better view of internal organs and surgical robots can make surgeries less intrusive. Though these medical advances are beneficial for the vast majority of patients, they are not without their dangers, and those who are wrongly hurt should not be forgotten.